10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

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Fort Lauderdale to Monterey is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning website .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in San Simeon are warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Generals Hwy. Step out of the city life by going to Manzanar National Historic Site and Grizzly Falls. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Moro Rock, and delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

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You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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